Percussion Institute

The 2020 MPulse Percussion Institute will be a week-long online program that exposes students to fundamentals and strategies for musical and technical growth with Michigan’s expert percussion faculty. During this week, students will have lessons, classes, and projects centered around percussion, marimba, timpani, drum set, and percussion ensemble. Additionally, we will talk about Broadway, improvisation, and how to prepare for college auditions.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in “virtual camp” experiences, including “social hours” with your fellow participants, an opportunity to talk to a current SMTD student, and an SMTD admissions session.

U-M Faculty Director: Doug Perkins
Additional Faculty: Ian Antonio, Jeremy Epp, Michael Gould, Tom Sherwood, and other special guests

Session Dates: July 19, 2020-July 25, 2020
Revised Tuition: $950

Application Open: May 22, 2020
Priority Application Deadline: June 22, 2020
Priority Admissions Notification: July 1, 2020

The Percussion Institute application consists of three parts.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received.

Application Checklist for Percussion Institute

  • Complete the Online Application
  • Pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00
  • Upload your Audition Materials via Acceptd, the MPulse Online Audition Portal (details for each entry outlined in Audition Portal)
    • Audition Video
    • Headshot
    • Recommendation Letter

MPulse Audition Portal:
The following should be submitted:

  • Audition Video (one video file)
  • Headshot
  • Recommendation Letter

Audition Video

  • One snare drum solo or etude (rudimental or solo)
  • One solo of your choice (timpani, marimba, drum set, congas, etc.)


  • Upload one color headshot
  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

Recommendation Letter
Please ask at least one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) to assess your work in a confidential letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills.

To invite a recommender to upload your letter of recommendation, submit your recommender’s email when prompted in the online application process. Once you finalize your submission (clicking ‘Final Submit’), the recommender will receive a notification and link to submit your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Watson Scholarship

Application open to Michigan residents.

In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

To start an application, click here.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660